Archive for October, 2010

Bat colonies nesting in apartment complex in Cocoa, FL

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Bat in flightIt had been a few weeks since I went on a bat job, but this one made up for it!

There was a call from Cocoa that this apt. building had bats so we went to see the manager and she gave us keys to one vacant apt. that had dead bats and pointed out 3 of the 7 buildings that had bats in them. So first we checked out the apt. Before even getting to the door there was a wall of stench 5 ft. from the door. It was undeniable that something was dead in there, and not just one bat.

The dangers with bats is the disease that their feces leave and breathing it in can cause Histoplasmosis. This could be a deadly disease.

Opening the door left us with our jaws wide open. There were dead bats all over the floor, walls broken open where the bats came out of, and tons of bat droppings that is very dangerous.

This is very sad because bats are a protected species and this problem could have been avoided if they took care of it sooner. The maintenance man said that they had bats for over 10 years! The bat problem only got worse.

The buildings now have to be completely sealed leaving only one exit for the bats to leave and a one way door will be put on that exit so the bats can not re-enter the buildings. It is a big job, one that could have been prevented if we were called years earlier.

To watch the video we took in the dead bat infested apartment go to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Cige3k5xek

Caring for a hurt squirrel

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

IMG_0418Being a technician at Critter 911, we get approached by people just asking questions of what they should do in a certain instance.

Today we were approached by a young woman who saved a hurt squirrel and wanted to know what to do with it. She mentioned that it looked like the back legs seamed injured so it wa probably hit by a car or bit by a larger animal.

First, be safe by using gloves because any bite or scratch could cause you an infection. I would also provide the squirrel with a comfortable place to lay (in a shoe box with a towel would be fine.) You can wash any visable injuries with anti-bacteria soap and warm water, or wait to take them to an animal rehabilitator.

We gave her the name of our rehabilitator and mentioned that just giving the squirrel some water and something to nibble on like applesauce or cheerios would work for food.

It is not safe to rehabilitate a hurt squirrel by yourself without the knowledge needed. So be safe, protect our wildlife, and if you ever have any questions you can call Critter 911 at (407) 699-4567.

Never Alone

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Now how did I get in here?

Now how did I get in here?

Could you imagine constantly being watched…your every move studied by beady little eyes that glow through the night leaves?

One of our customer in Winter Springs described this exact situation. Raccoons are smart critters and they study your habits. A prime example of this is when you take the trash out – raccoons know it is dinner time.
What is even more entertaining is playing the hide and seek game with them, you know, you hide in the house and they come after the trash or you come outside and the raccoons hide up in a tree until you leave.

The best way to protect your garbage is to not put it out until the morning it is being removed since raccoons are nocturnal. Also, it is important to not only bag the garbage put putting it in a large plastic garbage can – this provides two forms of protection. It really helps if you secure the lid of your garbage can to the bottom. Raccoons are strong enough to get that unsecured lid off just as they can push up a soffit on your roof to get into your attic. They are persistant too!

These are steps you should take to protect your garbage – and your home.